Frank A. Filipponio
| Apr 26, 2016
Trucks and Sprint Cars lead the Team StopTech highlights this week. While the World of Outlaws (WOO) guys were flinging dirt in Texas and Arizona, the trucks were gettin' some serious air in nearby Lake Elsinore for rounds 3 and 4 of the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series (LOORRS).
Team StopTech standout, Carl Renezeder, put on a display in Pro 4, finishing second in round 3 and bringing home the big trophy in round 4. In Pro Lite, it was Brandon Arthur representing StopTech and our partner QTM, finishing third in round 3.
In Round 3 for Pro 4 Unlimited, things got ugly in a hurry, and it was a rough and tumble race from flag to flag. After a six-truck inversion of the qualifying results, it was Doug Mittag and Greg Adler who started from the front row, and Mittag led Adler, Carl Renezeder, Rob MacCachren, and Bryce Menzies at the end of lap one. After a lot of back and forth, a full course yellow bunched everyone up with just a few laps remaining. On the return to green flag racing, Renezeder was up to third in his #17 Lucas Oil/KMC Wheels Ford. Finishing up front, Menzies was absolutely flying, and really seeming to test the limits of how hard he could throw his truck into the corners. Behind him, Renezeder got Mittag inside at turn one on the final lap to capture second.
Next up were the Pro Lite Unlimiteds, and at the end of lap one, it was pole starter Jerett Brooks who led the way in his #77 Rigid Industries L.E.D. Lighting/Bilstein Shock Absorbers Nissan, ahead of Ryan Beat, Brock Heger, Brandon Arthur, and Gavin Harlien. An ugly incident on Lap 1 brought out a full course yellow. On the restart lap, Arthur quickly got past Heger for third, where he ended up finishing in the #6 Competitive Metals/Pro Traffic Services Chevrolet.
Over in Sprint Cars, it was red-hot Daryn Pittman hogging the podiums, with a win at USA Raceway in Tucson and a second place finish at Devil's Bowl Speedway in Mesquite. In the other half of the double-header the following night it was Kerry Madsen taking third in a brutal battle royale.
In the April 18 race at USA Raceway, Daryn Pittman started on the pole-position and captured the lead early, then held off challenges from both Joey Saldana and Donny Schatz to capture the NAPA Wildcat Shootout, his second World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series win in-a-row, and third this season.
In Texas a few nights later, Joey Saldana rocketed around Daryn Pittman with just two laps remaining en route to capturing the victory on the opening night of the Texas Outlaws Nationals double-header at Devil's Bowl Speedway, his second win of the season.
In the second half of the double-header on April 23, an emotional Shane Stewart climbed from his car and wiped away tears of joy after he fought his way to the front of the field and claimed Saturday night’s Texas Outlaw Nationals $20,000 to-win finale at Devil’s Bowl Speedway, his second World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series victory of the season